If you have not yet ridden the Neilson trail and others from the Shannahan area of Vallée Bras-du-nord, this stage alone might justify a registration for the QSE. To make this stage even more memorable, the first rain in weeks came during the night and the forecast of the day called for more.
Unfortunately, for safety measure, we could not ride the Neilson Nord trail as originally planned. The heavy rain made the Neilson river too wild and high for the raft that’s use to evacuate injured riders if needed.
Despite this last minute change, the south part of the trail was still included so everyone got to enjoy the unique vibe of Vallée Bras-du-Nord signature trails and everyone had a blast at it.
The Neilson Sud is unique in many ways. Built on the banks of Theo’s Creek, the trails includes a sweet mix of challenging features and spectacular views of waterfalls, cascades and other creekside attractions. On top of that, knowing the trail was built by a group of kids in a reinsertion program makes it even more special.
The Shanahan stage is also about “Chute à Gilles”, the climb of “Aurore”, the “Boréale” descent, the "Grande Évasion" and so much more… It’s a stage that felt seamless, thanks to the vision of the trail builders and the organizing committee.
A lot of work goes into making it happen. In the Aurore itself, more than 65 little wooden bridge had to be built to connect with the Boréale. Everyone will remember this Aurore / Boréal duo: it’s long, it’s demanding but it’s also fun, fast, flowy and most importantly, 100% rideable.
The last part of the stage was a very sweet mountain bike rollercoaster with sections of the locals favorites “Sucre d’orge”, “Tire d’érable” and “Beurre d’érable” or, Sugar Candy, Maple Taffy and Maple Butter… They really have a sweet taste.
A swim & wash in the river allowed everyone to get rid of the mud and admire the glacial valley. BBQ, Boreale beers and live music completed the ambiance. Rain or shine, Shannahan is an MTB paradise for all types of riders. With it's 100+ km of singletrack trails scattered acrross this beautiful land, it's not surprising that Shannahan is such a popular destination for mountain biking. 5 in 5
Both Amy McDougall and Tomi Misser got their 5th win in 5 stages. They both perfectly manage the effort in a very wet and slippery terrain. Théo Gattuso, 17 years old from France, confirmed his second place where Sarah Kaufmann from Salt lake city Utah did the same in the womens category. Kaufmann was the 2017 QSE overall winner.
All results available here
1. Amy McDougall - South Africa
2. Sarah Kaufmann – USA
3. Jenn Rodgers – Canada
1. Tomi Misser - Spain
2. Theo Gattuso – France
3. Sebastien Rousseau - Canada
The QSE runs from August 4 to 9 2019.
Presale registration for QSE 4 in 2020 begins on August 12, 2019 at noon.
You can register for an all-inclusive 6-day package including lodging for as low as $ 1,399 CAD ($1,050 USD) + taxes.